What is it?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling based martial art currently emerging as a new and interesting skill based method of improving fitness, mobility, stress relief, mindfulness and self defence. It is often referred to as ‘human chess’. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or BJJ as it’s more commonly know is creeping into the mainstream culture with more and more celebrities and public figures adopting this new activity similar to the previous rise of Yoga and Pilates over the last 5 years.
What are the benefits?
The individual benefits of Jiu Jitsu from a physical perspective include strength, cardiovascular endurance, mobility, and dexterity. These benefits are similar to the nature of improvements made with the likes of calisthenics training or Yoga.
The mental benefits are where the real gems lie. Jiu Jitsu is like a game of chess. Each technique has a subsequent counter. It is a skill based sport. Due to the dynamic of the art a much smaller opponent can defeat a larger opponent through strategy and technique. Jiu Jitsu involves active problem solving and abstract reasoning to be able to impose each technique on a resisting opponent. When training it is very hard to think about anything else and thus providing a great respite from the pressures and stresses of work. It can help to produce happier, more focused and healthier employees.
“I’ve had people in a company I teach come to me to tell me that they’ve been offered jobs in other companies but they don’t want to leave because they don’t have Jiu Jitsu”
The job market is a competitive one. The high volume of tech companies in Dublin can put pressure on each other to find competent staff in this current market. Being able to compete with other companies on the basis of amenities provides HR departments with an added tool in their arsenal for staff recruitment and retention. These strategies are well adopted by companies such as Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Microsoft. I’ve had people in a company I teach come to me to tell me that they’ve been offered jobs in other companies but they don’t want to leave because they don’t have Jiu Jitsu. This is a competitive edge that is being implemented in more and more in businesses worldwide.
A healthy workforce is a productive one. Investing in healthcare for employees is integral but if the employees are forced to use it regularly due to health concerns these investments can fall short in the long run. A growing trend in the wellness sector is to make proactive investments in preventive measures to maintain and improve health/wellness as opposed to a reactive treatment.
Going to the gym can be boring and hard to incentivise people to do. Turning fitness into a skill based challenge provides a whole new dynamic to improving your health. That is the next wave in the health and wellness sector. Jiu Jitsu can provide this.